MO Route 7 will be closed in both directions just south of U.S. 50 Highway beginning 7 p.m. on Friday, January 7th until about 5 a.m. on Monday, January 10th.
MoDOT crews will be replacing two box culverts that cross underneath MO Route 7. Vehicles will need to detour and create alternate routes during this project. MoDOT says that all their work is weather permitting.
MoDOT asks everyone to please be patient and considerate to your fellow drivers.
Motorists are reminded to slow down and pay attention while driving in work zones. Not all work zones look alike. Work zones can be moving operations, such as striping, patching or mowing. They can also be short-term, temporary lane closures to make quick repairs or remove debris from the roadway.
Drivers are reminded to slow down and do not use their cell phones in work zones. In 2020, 27 people were killed in work zone crashes in Missouri. Between 2016 and 2020, 3,757 people were injured in Missouri work zone crashes. Since 2000, 19 MoDOT employees have been killed in the line of duty, 13 of them taking place in work zones.

Three projects were set to execute in March of 2021 that was pushed to November but still not completed. We reached out to the engineer at MoDOT and the engineer said they would be starting these projects in the spring of 2022.  The three projects are a Roundabout at Prairie Lane and Route 291, a Roundabout at MO 58 and Ward Rd, and new turn lanes at 58 Hwy and Route 291. 
The Roundabout at Prairie Lane and MO 58 would also include resurfacing from Route 291 to Prairie lane according to MoDOT. In addition to the southbound and eastbound turn lanes, MoDOT will also be upgrading the temporary span wires to permanent signals.

At Ward and Prairie Lane, it is difficult to see and this intersection according to MoDOT has too high of a crash frequency which has drawn the engineers to create improvements for safety.

  MoDOT hopes this project will also improve intersection operation at Ward Rd., Prairie Lane, and Route 291. Engineers have also planned the resurfacing of Route 58 from Route 291 to Prairie Lane. 

All of these projects will involve disruptions in the flow of traffic on Route 58, Ward Road, Prairie Lane and Route 291 during construction. MoDOT will update the public when this happens. (Download the Pleasant Hill App on your Apple or Android for quick updates.)

A Roundabout is a one-way circular intersection that channels traffic around a central island without traffic signals. According to MoDOT, Roundabouts are a great alternative to a signalized intersection when a high volume of traffic needs to get through with the least amount of inconvenience. 

According to MoDOT, while signalized intersections have 20 conflict points or spots where vehicles could collide, roundabouts reduce that number to eight. Fewer conflict points, combined with slower speeds and calmer traffic, can translate into as much as 75 percent fewer crashes. Because roundabouts tend to have fewer severe crashes than signalized intersections, they have fewer crash-related injuries as well.

December 30th, Governor Mike Parson announced that Missouri’s COVID-19 related State of Emergency will expire and not be renewed on December 31, 2021. Governor Parson first issued an Executive Order (EO) declaring a State of Emergency existed due to COVID-19 on March 13, 2020.

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